How Does a Weight Loss Balloon Work?
ORBERA® is a weight loss balloon that offers new options to our weight loss patients in the East Valley. Never heard of a weight loss balloon? Many patients have not! This strategy is different from traditional weight loss surgery, which typically restricts stomach size or reroutes the digestive system.
ORBERA is a small balloon made of soft silicone that is placed inside the stomach. Once filled with a sterile saline solution, the balloon inflates, taking up space inside the stomach. The inflated balloon slows digestion and improves portion control. Because you have less room in your stomach, you learn to eat less and feel full faster.
Non-Surgical Weight Loss Balloon Benefits
One reason so many of our bariatric patients in the East Valley choose to lose weight with ORBERA is that it’s a non-surgical approach. No incisions. No stitches. No permanent devices or anatomical changes. Here are a few of the things our weight loss patients love most about ORBERA:
- No stitches or incisions of any kind
- Temporary (the balloon stays inside for only six months)
- Procedures takes just 20-30 minutes
- Faster recovery than weight loss surgery
- Triple the weight loss results of regular diet/exercise
Yes, there are other weight loss balloons. But no other weight loss balloon has received safety and effectiveness recognition from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and no other FDA-approved balloon has been shown to offer more weight loss in its U.S. clinical studies than ORBERA.*
Phase One: Placing the ORBERA Balloon
ORBERA balloon placement is a non-surgical procedure that takes just 20 to 30 minutes to complete. All ORBERA procedures are performed by a weight loss physician at the Bridges Center who has undergone special training. First, you receive mild sedation so that you are relaxed and comfortable during the brief procedure. A basic endoscopy is performed to ensure that there are no surprises and that the patient is indeed healthy enough to receive the balloon.
Next, with the help of a tiny camera, the physician gently guides the balloon down the esophagus and into the stomach. Once in place, the balloon is inflated with a sterile saline solution until it reaches the right size, which may vary from patient to patient. Generally, the ORBERA balloon is about the size of a grapefruit.
After a couple of hours of rest in our Mesa weight loss facility, you will be discharged. Now it’s time to start your 12-month weight loss program!
Please note: ORBERA is currently only available at our Mountain Vista Medical Center campus.
The First Six Months of Your ORBERA Weight Loss Journey
The first six months of the ORBERA program are challenging. The weight loss balloon only remains inside your stomach for these six months. Though these months are challenging, we strive to provide you with all the education and support necessary to ensure you thrive in this exciting new chapter of your life.
During this time, patients have regular in-person sessions with their treatment team, which consists of a dietitian, fitness psychologist and exercise psychologist provided by the ORBERA program. These experts will help you maximize the potential benefits of having the gastric balloon. Developing proper diet and exercise habits during these months (and staying committed to them after the balloon is removed) is what makes ORBERA patients successful.
As an ORBERA patient, you will gain access to ORBERA Coach, an online portal that connects you with your dietitian and team. Studies have shown that frequent interaction with a dietitian increases a patient’s weight loss success. The ORBERA Coach portal (also available as an iOS and Android app) offers:
- 1:1 session with dietitians
- Group sessions
- Healthy recipes
- …and more
Removing the Weight Loss Balloon
Six months after receiving your ORBERA weight loss balloon, you will return to the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management at Mountain Vista Medical Center to have the balloon removed. This process is very similar to the ORBERA procedure you had earlier, except the balloon is coming out.
At this point, you are halfway through the program. It is critical that you continue to follow your diet and exercise plan in the months ahead. Continue meeting with all the members of your weight loss team, and keep the lines of communication open! Your team has your back. If you have a question or need, just ask.
- The average patient loses 3.1x more weight with ORBERA compared to just diet and exercise.*
- ORBERA is the worldwide leader in gastric balloons.
- Over 220,000 of these weight loss balloons have been distributed around the globe.
- FDA approved
- 20+ years of use in 80+ countries
Make Diet & Exercise Work for You
Many individuals who struggle with their weight find that diets leave them hungry. This is a major source of challenge and frustration, which often results in giving up the diet altogether. With a weight loss balloon in the stomach, you experience fullness with less food!
Our weight loss patients who have found exercise difficult now see physical activity in a new light with ORBERA. Once the balloon is in place and you begin to lose weight, you may also find that physical activity is easier to do – and that you’re more motivated to do it!
No Surgery. Little Downtime. Real Weight Loss Results.
You may qualify for ORBERA if you:
- Are an adult
- Have a BMI of 30 to 40
- Are willing to participate in a medically-supervised program
To learn more about how ORBERA could help you, contact the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management at Mountain Vista Medical Center. Call 602-251-8828 today.